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Friday, 23 January 2009

Southside and Westside gangs war two gang-related shootings last week. One of the shootings claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy.

Dozens of law enforcement officers hit the streets after two gang-related shootings last week. One of the shootings claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy.Investigators believe the shootings are the results of disagreements between the Southside and Westside gangs.Starting a 6:00 a.m., officers from all over Santa Barbara County set out to find the person or persons responsible for the recent violence.14-year-old Danny Rodriguez was shot in the street January 14. When he died two days later, a second shooting at a vigil in his honor injured a 19-year-old man.Officers sprang into action Thursday morning, serving search warrants at seven different homes throughout the city. They say residents at all seven locations are known Westside gang members and subjects of interest in both shootings.19-year-old Keith Sullivan Junior and 19-year-old Jorge Hernandez were arrested in the raid on unrelated charges, but they too are subjects of interest.People living in the area say the sweep is a step in the right direction, but no one would talk or appear on camera for fear of retaliation.Officers hope the increased efforts can restore peace to the community."All of our resources available are going into this, we'll continue to make Lompoc a safe place," said Sergeant Danny Rios of the Lompoc Police Department. "The investigation is progressing forward in this case and we want the public to still report suspicious activity."Investigators still do not know if Rodriguez was a gang member but they sat at this point, it looks like he had some affiliation with the Southside gang.In addition to the two arrests officers seized a sawed-off rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun.


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